Exclusive: Raj & DK on why Guns & Gulaabs is more about the quirks than the gang wars

Exclusive: Raj & DK on why Guns & Gulaabs is more about the quirks than the gang wars


After giving us hit reveals like The Household Man and Farzi, filmmaker duo Raj & DK foray into the streaming house with Weapons & Gulaabs. The present starring Rajkummar Rao, Dulquer Salmaan, Adarsh Gourav and Gulshan Devaiah is a ’90s-set gangster comedy. It follows a regulation enforcement officer, a mechanic from a mafia household, a cartel inheritor and an murderer within the chaotic small city of Gulaabgunj. In an unique interview with Filmfare, administrators Raj & DK opened up concerning the present’s pleasant forged, what went down behind the scenes and extra.

Speaking concerning the present’s interval setting, Raj narrates, “Greater than particular films that influenced us to return and do that, it was the attraction of making a narrative that offers with simplicity, innocence and a hopeful world the place there have been no telephones. An entire romantic world opened up after taking out telephones. Every part modified. So it was actually extra about taking out the comfort after which including in our favorite characters and seeing how they behave. We had the liberty to make it bigger than life and cinematic as in comparison with say The Household Man which was very gritty and reasonable. It is that vs the CinemaScope of watching the nice outdated days.”

DK provides, “You possibly can sense the innocence of a lot of the characters within the present. Inherently the ’90s was an easier time. It felt that it was the period the story ought to be in. The beginning of it was the story and every little thing else went from there versus us pondering, “let’s make a retro movie.”

Getting the precise actors was key for Weapons & Gulaabs. Speaking about casting Rajkummar Rao and Dulquer Salmaan, Raj explains, “This present is extra concerning the character particulars, quirks and nuances fairly than the general plot. The gang wars solely type the backdrop. So we would have liked the precise actors to come back and do that. Rajkummar Rao has a wide range. Right here he performs a lover boy who turns right into a dreaded gangster however hilariously he is not owing it. It is so enjoyable that he may play with these layers. For Dulquer’s character we would have liked that swag. We would have liked a man who would come from outdoors to this small city and begin to personal it. He may appear to be a easy man, a romantic man with a spouse and youngsters who listens to music. However there’s one thing extra to him.”

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Opening up about Adarsh Gourav and Gulshan Devaiah, he provides, “Adarsh needed to play this difficult character who’s fairly inconsequential within the opening. He’s below the shadow of his father after which he begins popping out on his personal. He solely labored on the quirks as a result of there was solely a lot he may do. The scene the place his assistant feeds him a samosa by hand was his concept. Gulshan, in fact, brings one thing very edgy. Regardless that you understand you are styling him as Khalnayak, you continue to want to love him.” DK additional breaks down Devaiah’s villain function saying, “Atmanram is that this imposing villain and taking a look at his persona you’d suppose he would have a thundering chuckle however the concept right here was totally different. I keep in mind telling him to not chuckle. The script reads, ‘Atmanram giggles.’ His chuckle is a humorous giggly chuckle. It is fairly misplaced as a result of a man who’s so harmful has this foolish trait.”

Weapons & Gulaabs will likely be launched on August 18, 2023, on OTT